Big Pharma Has Failed PTSD Now Marijuana May Get a Chance To Help Our Military
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As a person who suffers from a disorder that occasionally requires treatment with anti-depressants this recent news comes as a relief to me and others in my situation. After much trial and error the effectiveness of pharmaceutic remedies for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder has finally received the last nail in the coffin for drugs like Zoloft and Paxil based on a new study. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is set to work in conjunction with a researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Together they would look at the potential benefits of cannabis for veterans who suffer from the condition and have not responded to other traditionally used treatments.
They quote Dr. Sue Sisley, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Sisley says, “PTSD needs to be treated in a multi-disciplinary way, drugs like Zoloft and Paxil have proved entirely inadequate and there is evidence from Veterans that Cannabis can provide systematic relief.”
Doctors who regularly treat military personnel for pain and psychological issues are now taking note to the amount of ex-soldier who are contacting veteran health facilities requesting access to medical marijuana. Many of these soldiers are currently self medicating with marijuana after having tried pharmaceutic remedies which sometimes causes adversed side effects.
This leaves our military men and women having to chose between sanity and breaking a Federal law and thus risking jail time and a deterioration of their status as functioning citizens. Regardless of the circumstances of the wars the United States is conducting around the world this honestly can’t be the way in which we treat those soldiers who bravely served on behalf of our country. Medical marijuana as an option for potential relief from traumatizing flashbacks, anxiety, aggression and anger benefits not only the soldiers, it also protects the interest of the families of those soldiers and their immediate communities.
New Mexico has legal medical marijuana and approximately 1/3 o of it’s patients are PTSD victims; so far the treatment seems promising. Now if let’s hope our most valued patients can be taken seriously by the government that they pledged their service too, maybe then we can all regain some pride in the saying the ‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave’.
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